My Life as a Russian Novel
Author: Emmanuel Carrère; Translated by Linda Coverdale
From the master of psychological suspense and the author of The Adversary comes "a work of infinite sorrow, infernal jealousy, and violent passion" (Le Monde). Set in Paris and Kotelnich, a small post-Soviet town, My Life as a Russian Novel traces Carrère's pursuit of two obsessions—the disappearance of his Russian grandfather and his erotic fascination with a woman he loves but cannot keep from destroying. In prose that is elegant and passionate, Carrère weaves the strands of his story into a travelogue of a journey inward. Road trip, confession, and erotic tour de force—this fearless reckoning illuminates the schemes we devise to evade ourselves, and the inevitable payment they exact.